2015, so where’s my hoverboard?

i haven’t logged into my blog in at least three weeks.

first, feliz navidad.

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happy new year. 2015 has started off for me just beautifully with sleeping until 11, an intense hangover, and ended with mass amounts of greasy food and a nice dinner with family. oh, and some simply terrible weather

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ocean beach, california

second, i lied about not logging in. i did the other day and wrote this ripping blog about how much the holidays suck. obv, i didn’t post it, but i didn’t for a few reasons. it wasn’t productive; it was freaking rude; i realized how pathetic i sounded. like woe is me, i didn’t get my way, first world problems bullshit. it took me three drafts until i was able to word it in a way that didn’t make me sound like a total ahole. i canned it a day later. i am so grateful for the time i’ve gotten to spend with my fam, practically cartwheeled  out of my office for my week of vacation, and have eaten SO MUCH DELISH FOOD that i’ve picked up heavy breathing and my pants fit a liiiiitle snug. what the hell should i be complaining about? nothing.

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ugly christmas sweater christmas eve.

so. in my realization that i sounded like a negative nancy, i started thinking about my resolutions for this year. i tend to shy away from making any “goals” because i find them cliched and the majority of the time, resolutions are forgotten by feb 1. i dont like the whole “new year, new me” because we shouldn’t wait for a new year to work on things we aren’t/weren’t happy with during the previous…plus, every year should start out as “THIS year will be the BEST year.” because a little positivity wouldn’t hurt anyone.

my cousin told me that she makes two resolutions. one that is totally obtainable like flossing her teeth daily (she succeeded), and the second is a little more unrealistic to achieve in a year but something she can still work toward. i liked that idea. so i did what any girl does when another girl presents an idea. i stole it.

so i decided to work on feeling a little more settled. my lack of blogging after craving for a creative outlet, lack of working out, and lack of health in general made me realize how out of control of myself i became. also, i legitimately moved toward the end of the year, and in with my boyfriend for the first time since we’ve been together and that completely shifted both of our worlds. i decided to become vegan, and then felt more comfortable with vegetarianism. i’ve really struggled with a balance of my life choices. so naturally, finding some point of settling down is my “unobtainable” resolution.

the obtainable one? losing this spare tire around my waist i’ve grown over the past month and rekindling my love for the gym. and breathing like a normal person again and not like i’ve just run a marathon from just walking upstairs to my apartment.

here’s to the new year, cheerz!

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indecisive

im trying to type something up while looking in the oven every five seconds. i dropped five sprouts to the very bottom of the oven while it was piping hot and i am now terrified that they’ve burst in huge brussel flames. like, im going to open it in a few hours and 100 foot flames are going to leap from the depths of the stupid oven.

overreacting? never!

brussel sprout candle lit dinner, party of one.

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for brussel sprouts — heat oven to 400 degrees, cut off the stems of sprouts and cut in half if they’re huge. drizzle some olive oil all over so each are lightly coated, sprinkle some sea salt and pepper and cayenne pepper if you like spicy, or lemon if you’d like refreshing… if desired. spread sprouts over baking pan and cook for approx 30 min, or until crispy. enjoy!!

anyway. holidays mean work has been a whirlwind of sugary treats and stress since early november. and like any girl/human, free food is the best food. get out of my way. i’ve always been okay with a little indulgence here any there. maybe the word BALANCE would be more appropriate. but i swear, if i eat another piece of pizza, see another piece of sees candy,  have another contractor bring me a cake, i’m going to burst into diabetes. i feel like im getting winded by just riding the elevator up to our suite, when all i’m doing is standing still.

i have moved passed the feeling of extreme body hatred, to sitting pretty with just being healthy. i can’t say i’ve been totally vegan, but have consistently found myself falling back into the groove of zero animal products when cooking for myself. actually, i haven’t been completely healthy either, but as i said before…a little indulgence works. i am human after all.

i haven’t quite brought myself back to the mindset of eating meat. i just…can’t. i’ve totally conditioned myself to not wanting it, at all. i don’t miss it, and don’t crave it. so i would imagine i’m in the clear. i can’t say i’ll never eat it again; that’s the beautiful thing of a “diet”, you can change it to fit you. you eat food, eat what you like, healthy. and that’s what’s important.

so while i attempt to finish this plate of brussel sprouts, and wash it down with a beautiful merlot i was so graciously gifted, i am going to remind myself that i do my best. i am no where near perfect. but i feel good, and that’s what’s important.

so while i float in between a vegan, vegetarian, i don’t even know, cloud………i’m totally going to eat some ice cream from 7-11. #budgetbabe

love x,

skinny ginger

nightly wine. not to be confused with whine.

it’s friday night and i have a totally empty apartment. seriously. this does not happen. all bets are off tonight. i’m drinking wine from the bottle, and eating pasta. and by eating, i mean scarfing down my (second) heaping bowl of pasta. i’m also decorating. woooo party animal!
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so tonight, i was walking into CVS to buy some red wine (winning, i know. #dontjudge) and this man turns around and practically yells at me “you’re dangerous!” i stopped dead in my tracks. i am not good with this type of thing. i am the most awkward creature on the planet when people approach me, talk to me, anything really. ha.  not to mention, i was soaked. it is still raining in san diego, and i happened to be walking out of a target when the downpour started, awesome. he continues with “a redhead with striking eyes, and beautiful hair!” still yelling at me, sir. “just gorgeous, just perfect. dangerous!” finally, i found my words and said thank you and practically ran the opposite way. oh, and the cashier told me after that his wife was standing at the checkout while he was yelling at me. great.
why am i so awkward?
so, yelling mystery man, thank you for yelling your compliment AT me, with your wife paying for your whatevers, and while i tried to covertly run into a CVS on my raging friday night for some seriously delish $7.19 wine. i just want to drink all the wine. all the time.
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anyway. i got slapped with a dose of reality tonight. i decided to go christmas shopping tonight in hopes of finishing it by christmas this year (hence the wine craving) but cut it short because i was just so stoked to get home knowing it was empty and knowing i could watch my crap reality tv — aka real housewives of somewhere — with no judgment. don’t get me wrong, i love my lively apartment, noise, sport, etc. but sometimes a girl’s gotta have a little me time.
i pour my wine, heat up another bowl of this junk, wash off my face mask, and sit down to turn on my bad reality tv but subconsciously turn on sportscenter. stare at the tv. stare at the remote. look around thinking someone is playing a joke on me and realize, i turned it on. after all of my daydreaming all day about what episode of real housewives i was going to watch, i turn on ESPN. it’s still on, by the way. and i’m enjoying it.
and now, after finishing this wine, i’m craving for someone to run out of their room and ask me questions on how to spell things, and if there’s a Clippers game on.
if you can’t beat em, join em right? happy holidays lovelies xx
(post about my lively apartment coming soon. post also about fitness/health which this should be about, coming soon. MORE COMING SOON DAMMIT)
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love x,
skinny (drunk?) ginger.

when life gives you lemons.

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i violated rule number one, fell into temptation, couldn’t resist, the cardinal sin, the fail of all fails. yep. i cheated.

i ate a piece of cake, that wasn’t even remotely close to being vegan. like in order to make it vegan, it would have been stripped of all it’s creamy, fluffy, sugary, milky, cakey goodness that it was and it would have been left as a pile of weird…flour. not even flour…dust.

whoops?

hello, my name is hypocrite. nice to meet you.

i’ve talked about my vegan-ness here and again there and all of the recipes right here are also vegan. and if you read through those posts, you’ll notice that my daydream was usually about pizza. so even i surprised myself with my inhumane, inhaling of this cake. and a quick apology to my coworkers who probably thought i turned into some beast as i snorted and shoveled food into my mouth. ugh.

i’m shaking my head in disappointment right now.

lemon cake is my jam. but. did it satisy me? nope. did it taste good? no! sub-par at best….do i want to eat it again? nah…this whole guilt thing is not the business. not to mention i’ve been on a work out binge and this is a slight set back in the “wanting to see results department”. my little moment of weakness puts me in between there and the “pants don’t fit ya” department.

stupid bastard lemon cake.

point of this is, you’re going to have ups and downs. and you’re going to eff up every now and again. but it’s what you do after that slip up, that really defines who you are and where you stand with your lifestyle. no one is perfect. we all have moments.

what did i do after my moment of weakness? well. to be honest. i had three more moments of weakness. don’t judge me.

maybe, when life gives you lemon cake, don’t eat it.

love x,

skinny ginger

it’s all happening

i know i’m not alone here when i say i’m obsessed with horoscopes. i have an app downloaded on my phone and check it daily. (download dailyhoroscope. it’ll rock your world)  a few months ago, i had one that was like it was written by my conscious.

it basically said,

“you are not happy with the way things are going right now. Whether you are unhappy with work, or a relationship, or finances, something is causing chaos in your life. It probably seems as though your life has been full of turmoil as of late, and it is time to allow your creative side to shine. Why not take the plunge on an new endeavor? Your new found creative outlet will allow for much more satisfaction in your day to day. You never know where it may take you.”

seriously? i cannot even begin to express how spot on this was for me. and it came at probably, the best time. and i know, i know…don’t believe everything you read on the internet. i mean, wikipedia can be changed and updated by THAT guy over there. and he probably writes these horoscopes too…

but, i couldn’t stop thinking about this. you know how when there’s been something that’s been on your mind, like back in the depths of your brain. and you’re trying pretty hard to not acknowledge it because you’re always like “i don’t know if i should,” or, “i don’t have time,” ( <– that one probably sucks the most) but then all of the sudden…BAM…some type of sign falls into your lap like, “helllooooo! this is what you need to do/change/see, etc.” well, this was mine.

that horoscope brought me here. welcome to the world, the skinny ginger. happy blog birthday, babe.

so here we go. like the beatiful penny lane says in Almost Famous, “it’s all happening…” if i can possibly make someone smile one day, give a little inspiration, maybe take a cool photo here and there, and just be me then i’m stoked.

stay tuned.

 

love x

skinny ginger